Ray Davies himself says that this album was rushed out in order to capitalize on the Kinks' first big hits before they faded from the volatile 1964 music scene. Nobody expected this band to make it in the long run. Ray was unhappy with the way a lot of the songs sounded. But I happen to love it because Pye Records finally allowed Ray Davies the songwriter to flourish -- which, I personally believed, finally handed the band what they needed to survive in the fickle music biz.
So many great songs on here -- not just the hits ("Tired of Waiting," "Set Me Free") but brilliant tracks like "Something Better Beginning," "Come On Now," and the strangely titled "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl."
The Kinks „Kinda Kinks“ is an impressive and consistent album . It’s better than the predecessor. Many excellent songs here (my least favourites are „Naggin‘ Woman“ and „Come On Now“). The song material lacks the roughness of The Kinks‘ Debut Album. But that’s fine as Ray Davies‘ songwriting capability has improved significantly and the songs have matured along the way thus have become more refined.
My favourite tracks are „Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl", „Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight“, „Don‘t Ever Change“, „So Long“ , „You Shouldn’t Be Sad“ and „Something Better Beginning“.